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Voice: Moving MCRD will cause domino effect reaching Valley

April 28, 2002

Well over 90,000 recruits and their families come to San Diego yearly to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. They pump over $200 million into our local economy, the equivalent of having two additional aircraft carriers in port.

Add to that the 2,600 full-time military and civilian personnel based there, one realizes what a great impact moving MCRD to El Toro would have on San Diego and El Centro.

The move alone is estimated to cost taxpayers over $900 million. Whereas, different branches of the military work interdependently and their relationship would be disrupted if this move goes forward. This would cause a domino effect on all who live and have business in San Diego and Imperial counties, which many are not aware, until its too late.

Now consider the strategic location of San Diego for the military. It makes sense to keep the strongest military presence in a city that borders the Pacific Ocean as well as another country to the south with the largest border crossing in the world. Why in the world should Americans weaken or give up the security this presence provides?

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As the Republican nominee for the 51st Congressional District, if elected I will fight tooth and nail to keep our military presence in San Diego and El Centro. I know firsthand what the military means to San Diego and El Centro, not only in dollars and cents but national security.

MARIA GUADALUPE GARCIA

Chula Vista

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